La Petite Mort

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1.
Fortuna took her mother far before her rightful time, and dashed his brains across a highway in the middle of the night. and she came for my legs and she came for my sight, and sometimes it gets so dark you think you'll never see the light. So I shut my eyes and listened to the grinding of the gears orchestrate a tragic symphony of all our grandest fears. So I listened as the blushing blood went pounding in my ears. In those months that I was frozen, well it surely felt like years. \\ That's why I'm walking on today, my friend I'm walking on today, my friend I was not walking yesterday, and I may not be tomorrow, but I'm walking on today, my friend We can never regain all that we have lost and it comes at quite a cost, but this price we have is fixed. Still, we'll conquer these plains mile by bloody mile, and it's easier to smile with someone else's lips // I'm not a harbinger of death, I'm not a harbinger of doom, but with so many of use suffering beneath the selfsame moon: Just as many varied colours come together at the loom, it's in concert that we'll conquer as we try to cheat the tomb. I was bruised and I was broken, but sometimes that's what you need to see that all of us in silence bear a burden that we feed, and the more hands that we lay to it the lighter it will be. Still, so many of us wait for someone else to take the lead. \\ //
2.
I haven't forgotten the carnival lights in the square where we struck a new life. and the clouds of white cotton glued to powder blue skies imploring us ever to try. Schumann went crazy from one single note that he heard every day in his head. Said it wasn't that easy. Had to drag me by the throat and beat down the path to your bed. \\ la la la // The shifting of sheets in the grey light of morning. The shuddering whispers of breath. The salt of the sweat; the destruction of meaning. The palpable closeness of death. Painfully mindful of the presence of god as we spilt all the communion wine, and the body and blood are the dirt and the mud and the electric shocks in (your) my spine. \\ Bite my tongue. Breathe through my lungs of the smoke. Thy will be done. With quivering lips we have spoken: "The vow has been broken away. Live for today." //
3.
Whether fired in this kiln or ground to powder in this mill we will remain. We are molded from the earth, but will not know what it's worth with this hot young blood pumping in our veins. \\ I did cry tears of ashes and flames. // and the rockets in the dawn showered amber sparks upon the open plain. and the songbirds wheeling north and the autumn wind blew forth on the day that we would unify our name \\ I did cry tears of honey and rain //
4.
<< I couldn't find the official lyrics anywhere; here's what I sing, along with my (admittedly super-amateur) translation: >> Yo se que nunca besaré tu boca. Tu boca de purpurra encendida. Yo se que nunca llegaría la loca, apasionada fuente de tu vida. << I know that I will never kiss your mouth. Your mouth, that pure, burning ember. I know that the crazy passionate source of your life will never come >> Yo se que inútilmente te venero. Inútilmente el corazón evoca. Pero a pesar de todo, Yo te quiero. Pero a pesar de todo, Yo te quiero. Aunque nunca besar pueda tu boca. << I know it's uselessly I cherish you. Uselessly that the heart remembers. But, in spite of everything, I love you. But, in spite of everything, I love you. Though I will never be able to kiss your mouth. >>

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released March 1, 2014

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